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Kim, Home Buyer in Park City, UT
Kim asked:
Why do so many properties in the Seattle area have interiors that are stuck in the 1980's (or older)? Will buyers not pay enough to justify updating? I've been looking at waterfront condos and small homes (Lake Washington and/or the Sound), and the vast majority seem to be totally outdated. Is there a reason, or should I look at this…
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Jlledanois, Home Buyer in Seattle, WA
Jlledanois answered:
Buying a fixer upper - Is there a good online remodeling cost calculator?
Hi there, I recently found a really good one at mykukun.com ; it lets you calculate your personalized project (by room, by finishes and other categories), and it calculates the ROI and ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 1, 2015 Home Buying in Seattle
marciae1, Home Owner in Seattle, WA
marciae1 asked:
listing not showing on map 4910 54th Ave S Seattle WA 98118 Hi -- our house was listed on WEdnesday for $899,000 it does not show up on your map, could this please be corrected?
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 21, 2015 Home Buying in 98118
Jirius Isaac, Real Estate Pro in Kenmore, WA
Jirius Isaac answered:
Are the HOA's shown a monthly payment.?
It depends on how you are paying them & if you have a mortgage at all. There are too many possible scenarios to answer this question.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 17, 2015 Home Buying in Madison Park
Jirius Isaac, Real Estate Pro in Kenmore, WA
Jirius Isaac answered:
Professional/Lawyer Loans available in Washington?
I am both a loan originator and a real estate broker now for 20 years. In order to answer your question properly, I would need more information. But, probably, once you have 2 paychec ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 15, 2015 Home Buying in 98105
Djoxigeno, Home Buyer in Seattle, WA
Djoxigeno answered:
Can you buy a home with a ITIN number?
My names is Juan Can I apply for home loan with my itin number in Utah area? let me know
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 9, 2015 Home Buying in Seattle
Brian Ramey, Home Buyer in Arlington, WA
Brian Ramey asked:
This home is showing on your website as a 1 bedroom 1 bath when in fact it is a 3 bedroom 2 full bath with 2180 sq feet of heated living space This home was recently placed on the market by RSVP Real Estate Services for $799K. Why is the information on your site in conflict with the NWMLS data?
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 8, 2015 Home Buying in Eastlake
Voiletu, Home Buyer in Fort Worth, TX
Voiletu answered:
Is an FHA loan good? what are pros/cons?
FHA loans are a great option for buyers because they require 3.5% down. As appealing as it is for the buyer, the seller sees it differently....they just see that you have very little m ... more
1 vote Share Flag Fri May 22, 2015 Home Buying in Seattle
Dave Skow, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Dave Skow answered:
Seeking sources for homes in Seattle in the lower price range, sub $200K range
thanks foe the posting ...you sound like you are taking all the right steps .....I am guessing that the type of property you are describing in the area that you describe isnt existing ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 7, 2015 Home Buying in 98102
UpNest, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
UpNest answered:
Where does the realtors' commission come from in a short sale?
I noticed that this question was asked about a long time ago, but we want to contribute for anyone else that comes across this thread.

In short sales, usually the bank covers costs a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 24, 2015 Home Buying in Seattle
Ali B Talab, Real Estate Pro in 95008
Ali B Talab answered:
Offered above asking, now stressed about appraisal.
Hello,
I am a Realtor working in Bay area ( Silicon Valley).
It has become a norm in our neck of the woods, to pay 70k, 100k, 150k over asking price , and No loan ,
No appraisal and ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 23, 2015 Home Buying in Seattle
Kary Krismer, Real Estate Pro in 98058
Kary Krismer answered:
My credit score is 769 on TransUnion and 762 on Equifax. Would I be able to get a mortgage with $5,000 down?
Unless you're a veteran, banks usually require at least 3% down. There are, however, some down payment assistance programs run through the state.

http://www.wshfc.org/buyers/downpay ... more
1 vote Share Flag Wed Apr 22, 2015 Home Buying in Seattle
Kary Krismer, Real Estate Pro in 98058
Kary Krismer answered:
Seller Withdrawing from Offer
This is yet another question which needs to be answered by an attorney that the buyer hires who will then review the paperwork and give an opinion. Dan's answer below is generally corr ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 22, 2015 Home Buying in Seattle
lynnnchase9, Other/Just Looking in Omaha, NE
lynnnchase9 answered:
How much should the average home inspection cost?
I think it depends on the inspector you choose to hire as well as the are you live in. If I were you, I would call the ones you are considering hiring and ask them what they charge. The ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 14, 2015 Home Buying in Seattle
Binh D Nguyen, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Binh D Nguyen answered:
Crawl space foundation Vs Concrete in Seattle
It really depends on the builder, but most of houses that I've seen in Seattle that have a crawl space. I wouldn't be too worried with that because there are many advantages to having ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Apr 12, 2015 Home Buying in Seattle
Virginia Ott…, Real Estate Pro in Duvall, WA
Virginia Otter answered:
Does anyone have a link to a good investment property calculator where I can calculate cash flow, etc? Thanks
https://www.calcxml.com/do/inv04 Here you go. There are others more in depth if you need them. Did you have a specific type of investment property in mind?
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 3, 2015 Home Buying in Seattle
Dave Skow, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Dave Skow answered:
so I want to buy a house there, but I found most of the houses built in 1920th, I want a releatively new with three bedrooms
Bryant and many of the surrounding areas are older as previous posts have noted ....if continuing to search , make sure that you are pre approved ( if needing financing ) and are prep ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 26, 2015 Home Buying in Bryant
Kary Krismer, Real Estate Pro in 98058
Kary Krismer answered:
Where can I see monthly trends of the number of properties for sale in Seattle?
This is for King County. http://seattlebubble.com/blog/2015/03/06/nwmls-sales-and-listings-both-inched-up-in-february/
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 15, 2015 Home Buying in Seattle
Josh Barnett, Real Estate Pro in Oklahoma City, OK
Josh Barnett answered:
what is a resale certificate?
Great update below, be sure to keep us updated on your transaction.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 3, 2015 Home Buying in 98136
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